Smart Practice Tips for Singers

Learning to sing amazingly well is like learning any other skill.  It requires our fullest attention, patience, time, effective and regular instruction and of course regular practiceBut it’s HOW we practice that makes a difference in seeing results.  If you are new to the process or have build up a lot of bad vocal habits that aren’t going away, here are some helpful hints to keep in mind when practicing voice:

Follow along with your lesson recording:

As hard as it is to hear our voices on a recording be sure to record your lesson anyway so you have a guide as to what to do in your practice.   Follow along with the recorded tools that were assigned and take into account what was said during your lesson so you can apply it throughout the week until your next lesson.

Practice shorter:

It’s not the length of time that matters, it’s the quality of practice that makes a difference to your progress.  In fact studies indicate that shorter and mindful practice sessions are more effective for the brain to actually create muscle memory.  If you are in the development stages of vocal training, try a 10 -15 minute practice daily.  If you have been working with an instructor for a while, step it up to 30 minutes daily.  Be sure to be present and mindful during the session.  Don’t go too long and fatigue your voice.  Take 2-3 minute breaks in your practice sessions so you can give your vocal folds a rest.

“If you aren’t feeling seeing or hearing any vocal progress after a while, it is most likely because you may need to reevaluate your practice strategy.  Booking regular voice lessons in the beginning phases of vocal development is crucial to ensure you are practicing right and being given the right exercises to make your way towards vocal success.”

Practice don’t play…yet:  

It can be fun and a good stress reliever to sing our cares away, but that isn’t productive practice and in fact you could be reinforcing poor vocal habits.  If you really want to take your voice to the next level, you may need to break down your song into sections.  Instead of singing the entire song from beginning to end, take little phrases and work them repetitively and slowly.  Take the lyrics out and work on the melody with some vowel/consonant combinations that were assigned to you in your vocalizing.

Check yourself in the mirror: 

Working in front of a mirror can be a wonderful way to highlight your habits.  Some of us don’t like to look at ourselves as we are highly critical.  Instead use the mirror as a way to constructively observe yourself as your sing.  What to look for?  Look for postural changes, facial strain or jaw tension, vowel formation.  Is your chin lifting up for those high notes?  The entire body should balanced, relaxed and in proper alignment.  When the body is involved in making the sound (for example lifting your chin during a high note) you are heading toward vocal strain and more prone to vocal injury over time.

Is it ‘taking too long’?  

Don’t panic if you don’t hear any automatic changes.  Also you may need to put up with not sounding so good in the beginning.  You are training an unused muscle to be able to meet the demands of challenging songs.  Learning to sing with proper balance and sounding amazing can be a long process.  Stay patient, go slowly and with daily practice you will start to notice your voice strengthening.  If you aren’t feeling seeing or hearing any vocal progress after a while, it is most likely because you may need to reevaluate your practice strategy.  Booking regular voice lessons in the beginning phases of vocal development is crucial to ensure you are practicing right and being given the right exercises to make your way towards vocal success.  After all, if you don’t use it, you lose it.

Alida is a voice and music educator based in Vancouver, Canada.  A graduate of UBC School of Music, Alida holds an IVA Advanced Certificate in voice teaching. Alida has been teaching voice for 9 years to clients from the Lower Mainland as well as across Canada and worldwide on Skype.

4 Ways Singing Makes Us Happier

We’ve all heard it before, regular exercise, good nutrition, adequate sleep and talk therapy are just some of the more constructive ways to beat the winter blues.  But it is also a known fact that music and creative arts of any kind are very beneficial to our overall health and wellness.  Singing is just one of those art forms that is easily accessible.  If you have a voice and you can speak, then you can sing!  Here are 4 ways singing can make us happier and more fulfilled and you can get started today!

It’s good for the brain.  And whatever is good for the brain, is good for our overall health.  Singing boosts serotonin and it can improve our mood and cognitive function.  It uses both hemispheres of the brain, both the left and right side so your brain is getting a workout.

“What has not been understood until recently is that singing in groups triggers the communal release of serotonin and oxytocin, the bonding hormone, and even synchronizes our heart beats.”- Cassandra Sheppard, The Neuroscience of Singing

It makes us present.  It’s literally a type of mediation because you are required to be present the whole time you are singing a song.  You can finally put your thinking mind to rest and focus on the lyrics and melody.  Singing may not make stressful situations change, but it can help prepare you to have a healthier reaction to stress because you have practiced being present.

It’s a form of creative expression.  Creativity is essential to our overall wellness.  Singing is another art form that allows us to express ourselves creatively.  And if the excuse is “I just can’t sing”  Check out this awesome quote:

“Just because some people can do something with little or no training, it doesn’t mean that others can’t do it (and sometimes do it even better) with training.” – Carol S. Dweck, PhD. (Mindset: The New Psychology of Success)

It’s an opportunity for self growth.  You don’t have to be a good singer to sing.  All you need is the willingness to use your voice and step outside your comfort zone.  You can improve your voice through working with a qualified instructor.  Joining a choir and singing with others can also be a wonderful way to test out your courage in using your voice.  Open yourself up to singing more today, even if it’s not perfect, take that courageous step and your body will thank you for it!

Alida is a singer and vocal coach based in Vancouver, Canada.  A graduate of UBC School of Music, Alida holds an IVA Advanced Certificate in voice teaching.  She is also certified in Speech Level Singing and is a member of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing).  Alida has been teaching voice for over 9 years to clients from the Lower Mainland as well as across Canada and worldwide.  To book a voice lesson with Alida click here.

Dealing with Nerves in Performance

When it comes to using our voices publicly, whether singing or public speaking, a lot of us experience pre-performance jitters which can very well get the best of us. We approach the stage as if we are up against a ferocious lion, so naturally our survival instincts kick in.  Our bodies go into what the psychology world calls fight/flight mode.  But does fear have to overtake us, and are there strategies that can help us enjoy the art of public performance?  I was recently interviewed for a colleague’s video blog (see below) and was asked the question, how should a singer deal with nerves?   I think really comes down to one seemingly obvious word:  preparation.  There are two main components of preparation need to be focused on in order to achieve a successful performance.

Prepare your voice:

First off, prepare your voice for the demands of the performance.  Work with a qualified voice teacher to help you get to where you need to be vocally so you don’t have to think about how you’re going to get that high note in a power ballad, or how you are going to be able to  better project your voice for a dynamic speech.  Build a secure foundation of vocal muscle memory, so your voice is capable of meeting the demands of being on stage.  Strength train those vocal folds daily in a healthy balanced way through repetition of vocal technique exercises assigned by your voice teacher.   Also, keeping vocal hygiene a priority will make a big difference in the quality of your voice.

Prepare the rest of your body:

The second important aspect of preparation is preparing your body to work with the nerves.  Nerves can very well lead to anxiety and anxiety is our body’s way of telling us there is a potential threat.  However, our bodies don’t actually know the difference between an actual threatening situation and a thought.  We can change our thoughts regarding the situation and try to look at the aspect of performing as a positive experience – that there’s no threat involved.  Mindfulness meditation as well as visualization techniques have been used by professionals to help people achieve better awareness when it comes to controlling performance anxiety.  Dr. Noa Kageyama is a psychologist who specializes in performance anxiety and works with musicians.  On his website Bullet Proof Musician  he gets more in depth on the subject of performance anxiety and explains the different kinds of anxiety.  He also recommends helpful ways of preparing for performance.

“Many make the mistake of putting too much emphasis on trying not to be nervous. Focus instead on developing a more effective response to the inevitable nerves. Spend more time practicing performing, rather than practicing practicing.” – Dr. Noa Kageyama

Performance anxiety exercise:

One excellent tool Dr. Noa recommends, (which I have used with my own clients with excellent results), is rehearsing with an elevated heart rate – getting your heart rate up by running on the spot and then practicing the song or practicing the talk.  You may be out of breath, but doing this will get you used to the sensation of singing with a rapid heart rate.  After rehearsing that way you can become somewhat de-sensitized to the feeling of being nervous.

Need a quick confidence booster?

If you need a confidence boost, try pre-performance ‘power posing’ (hands on your hips or hands above your head) as outlined in Amy Cuddy’s book Presence.

To boost your confidence during your performance, try fixing your posture, which will also help you to get access to proper breathing.  Prior to going on stage, you can also try slowing down your breathing to calm your nervous system down.  (elongate your inhales and exhales)

Whenever you get the opportunity to use your voice publicly, remember to enjoy the process.  Yes prepare well, and then let go.  Take it all in.  Before your know it the performance is over and you may just find yourself wanting to do more!

Headshot for websiteAlida is a voice and music educator based in Vancouver, Canada.  A graduate of UBC School of Music, Alida holds an IVA Advanced Certificate in voice teaching.

6 Tips to Tackling High Notes in Song

Whether you are beginner singer, or have been singing for years, let’s face it, high notes can be intimidating and a great challenge.  As a voice teacher for the last 8 years, I very often get asked the question “how can I sing those high notes with power?”  Of course it comes down to training and practice, but here are a few hints to keep in mind and help you get started.

1) Vocalize higher than the note in the phrase.  Try a lip trill or tongue trill so you are getting use to going in and out of the head register area.  You have to make sure you ‘stretch and thin’ the vocal cords and the only way to do that is to ‘warm-up’ into that area and above.   Then you can hone in on that particular note in the phrase by using an arpeggio scale, so you are getting used to approaching the note.  Try an arpeggio scale on “wee” or “gee” or “mum”.  If your tendency is to go breathy on higher notes, try using an edgy “m.m.m” on the phrase to get use to resisting the air pressure.

2) Work the melody without the lyrics.  Instead use a vowel consonant combination such as “nay” or “gee” to help get comfortable singing on that note with a consonant and a vowel.

3) Try the lyrics now.  Ensure you are pronouncing the lyrics – both vowels and consonants clearly.

4) Check-in with your volume.  You don’t want to shout the high notes, that being said, you also need to ensure that you have an adequate amount of air pressure (or volume) on the onset of the note.

5) Check your posture.  If you are a ‘reacher’, meaning you are aiming for the note with your chin, ensure proper body alignment and posture in front of a mirror.  Keep your chin from moving up or down and ‘helping’ the note to come out.  If you are a ‘clencher’, ensure that your jaw is ‘un-clenched’ to allow for enough space in your instrument.  (this will from keeping your swallowing muscles involved in getting the high notes)

6) Don’t psyche yourself out.  If the brain gets too involved and you are overthinking this process, you may need to take a step back and approach it with ease and mindfulness.  Ensure that you are in the right space mentally and that there is no frustration, stress or strain present during your practice of the phrase.  If you need to, take a break and come back to it later on.

It’s important non to judge the sound quality just yet, remember get your voice to function well first before working on style and tone.  It make take a few days or week of practice before you can achieve proper balance.  If your voice is in balance, (not just all muscle or not just breathy) very often your tone will naturally improve.  Working with a qualified voice instructor can also help give you the tools to practice so that you you know what to specifically work on in your practice.

AlidaAlida Headshot 2015 is a singer and pianist based in Vancouver, Canada.  A graduate of UBC Music, Alida is also an Advanced Certified IVA singing teacher.

Singing: an Act of Courage

I once had a client who was very enthusiastic about discovering her voice, but couldn’t help but be fidgety while she sang.  She suggested that the reason she is fidgety while singing is because it was a way of her coping with the ‘discomfort of it all’.  Walking into an audition room, walking out on stage, a voice lesson, a recording session…those are some of the instances in which singers are faced with the courageous decision to use their instrument and all in front of an audience.  The audience can be supportive, encouraging, or highly critical; a mixed bag of responses.  Singing requires us to give ourselves permission to use our voices no matter what the response will be.

Author Michael Hyatt says “courage is the willingness to act in spite of fear”.  As singers, no matter how hard it may be to share our voices with the audience, the love of our craft outweighs the fear of disapproval of others.  Singing is being ok with diving into the unknown.  Whether you are just discovering your voice for the first time, or if you are a seasoned singer, it takes tremendous courage to push forward and let your voice be heard.  Even if you are polished singer who has studied the craft for years or you have prepared a lot for this big audition.  It is understanding that no matter how much rehearsal time you have had, you simply can’t predict the outcome of your performance.  The singer must be in a state of ‘not knowing’ and that takes tremendous courage.

Courage doesn’t mean resisting fear, it’s allowing the fear (or nerves) to be there, working with the nerves and going ahead with the performance.  In addition, singing is an act of courage because it requires us to be ok with being vulnerable.  The voice is such a personal instrument to begin with.  Then add in an audience, a stage, a mic…etc.  As best selling author/researcher Brene Brown puts it, “you can’t get to courage without walking through vulnerability.”

Alida Headshot 2015Alida is a singer and pianist based in Vancouver, Canada.  A graduate of UBC Music, Alida is also a certified IVA singing teacher.

5 Ways Adults Benefit from Music Lessons


I recently had a family member tell me how ecstatic they were after their very first accordion lesson with an inspiring music teacher.  As a singing and piano teacher for the past 7 years, I have immensely enjoyed seeing the changes that the practice of music can bring to people’s lives, not just kids but adults too.

But somewhere between graduation and that serious job offer, some adults tend to push any creative pursuits to the side.  Many have forgotten that their past musical education or choir experience used to not only bring them joy but enhance their lives on so many levels.  Well, it’s never too late to start up again, and here are just some of the many reasons to make a music lesson a priority:

It contributes to better work/life balance.   Not having time is a big issue for some, especially being influenced by a culture of workaholism.  But with more and more companies understanding that work life balance leads to better employee productivity,  extra curricular activities are being encouraged in the workplace.  Some companies are now offering employee benefits that can be used towards such activities.  Booking that singing lesson means you have another activity outside of work to attend to.  It means you have to ‘switch off’ work mode for that hour.

It fosters mindfulness.  Studies show how mindfulness can lead to better health and wellbeing.  Music just like any other art form, allows us to escape the constant chatter of our thoughts.  The practice of playing a musical instrument or the practice of singing takes us a bit further.  In a world where multi-tasking is a full time job, music can allow us to focus and be present which will reap rewards for our health, while lessening anxiety and depression for some.

It helps us escape electronics. When was the last time we weren’t glued to our phones or tablets or computer screens?  With a one hour music lesson, you are forced to shut off the madness from the outside world and really connect with what’s in front of you.  It’s a nice breather to hold an instrument vs holding a phone. Or to actually vocalize and use your voice, instead of typing in words in a text message.

It enriches brain health.  Playing a musical instrument and singing require the use of both sides of the brain simultaneously. Studies show that studying music can improve memory and cognitive function.

It sets an example and is inspiring to those around us.   The practice of music requires focus, determination and discipline.  This can be inspiring for those in our lives including children.  I am reminded of a fabulous quote by Marianne Williamson:  “…as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same.   As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

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Alida is a singer and pianist based in Vancouver, Canada.  A graduate of UBC Music, Alida is also a certified IVA singing teacher.



The Culture of Perfectionism in Performing Arts


When learning how to sing, or studying any performing art, let’s face it, perfectionism inhibits us.  For centuries, performing arts teachers and students have demanded perfection when it comes to their craft.  But in recent times, with new research, there seems to be more awareness that striving for excellence may be a better approach.  What’s the difference?  First let’s take a look at only a few ways in which perfectionism inhibits our progress.  (keeping in mind that there are many more ways)

Perfectionism has time limits to progress.  It demands that you already be at the finish line, as soon as possible, and leaves no room for slower steadier growth.  For example, during a first lesson, I’ve heard students say, “how come my voice isn’t fully connected at my passaggio?”  Rather than acknowledging “it may take some time before my bridge is fully polished, so I am willing to recognize that and work with the tools you’ve given me.”

Perfectionism leaves no room for YOU.   With perfectionism, it is only the ‘false self’ that gets strengthened, and you can’t be authentic.  Vulnerability is essential in singing and performing.  Without it, there is a huge wall between you and your audience.  Most audiences can’t relate to inauthentic performers and can see right through it.  This is why performers who are relatable and just themselves can sometimes sell the most concert tickets, and yet they don’t necessarily have the most flawless vocals.

“In a culture plagued with the notion of ‘hard work’, how can we strive for excellence as performers without compromising our balance as human beings.”

Perfectionism doesn’t allow for the present moment. It is sometimes too wrapped up in the end result and ‘getting it over with’.  Then when the end of the performance happens, very often the artist is left disappointed that it’s over so quickly, and they didn’t get to enjoy the process.

So where do we find the balance between doing well and keeping our sanity.  In a culture plagued with the notion of ‘hard work’, how can we strive for excellence as performers without compromising our balance as human beings.

There is a poem written by an unknown author called “Excellence vs Perfection and one of the quotes is: “Perfection is fear.  Excellence is risk”  So at some point we may need to take the risk of a new approach in going about our creative craft.  A process of self reflection may be necessary and here are some questions we can ask ourselves:

Is there a balance between technique and performance in my approach? Performance psychologist Noa Kajeyama puts it best: “The more you focus on technical perfection, the more nervous you will tend to be. Why? Because you don’t have much else going for you — and you know that the likelihood of a technically perfect performance is close to zero. There is a part of you that knows you are likely to fail from both a technical perspective and a “move the audience to tears” perspective. No wonder you’re nervous – you’re setting yourself up to fail.”

Am I over-practicing to the point of vocal or body fatigue, un-enjoyment, or self resentment?  Or am I using deliberate practice, shorter (more productive) practice times with more focus on weaker spots coming out of my practice sessions seeing more results.

Is someone pressuring me due to their own insecurities? (agents, managers, friends or family)  Do I need to set boundaries with those around me in order to excel at my craft without feeling psychological pressure?  Or am I pressuring myself due to my own insecurities?

Have I taken the time to reward myself for a job well done or to celebrate milestones in my progress?  Looking at the glass half full very often leads to greater achievements.

Am I relying on the approval of the audience?  Every artist knows that not everyone is going to like your performance. So focus on self-validation and work with a trusted and qualified teacher than can provide you with constructive feedback.

Lastly, when the state of perfectionism overpowers us, one of the most important and profound questions we can ask ourselves is…

When someone says I did a good job, do I have the courage to believe them? 

Headshot for website Alida is a singer, songwriter and musician based in Vancouver, Canada.  A graduate of UBC Music, Alida is also a certified IVA singing teacher.

The Adele Effect


It’s no secret that Adele’s new release is having a profound effect on avid music listeners.  And who can forget the hilariously funny SNL skit with an arguing family interrupted and unified by “Hello”, which puts them in a trance-like state.  But why have so many re-fallen in love with Adele?  What is this trance-like state all about?  What is the Adele Effect?

It’s the songwriting.   The lyrics and the music.  Her use of everyday language in her phrases combined with haunting melodic lines, octave and 5th jumps, make for more musical movement.  Emotional lyrics in her verses followed by powerful ‘sing along’ hooks in the chorus.  Music and lyrics are both strong here.  Piano/vocal interwoven with strings and Gospel-like background vocals. What dominates is the vocal line…

It’s the voice.  Singing is the main focus here, not movement on stage, or overpowering rhythms.  Is this the return to vocal music as a preference?  In light of recent worldly events, are we craving emotional expression with the voice as the focused instrument?

Adele isn’t afraid of using her chest voice, mix voice and head voice. Her vocal style doesn’t overpower the naturalness in her tone.  While there are many singers who can outsing her, she is opening the mind of the average listener to new possibilities in vocal range.  She is challenging the vocal limits set by many singer/songwriters by evolving her vocal approach, and some may argue she has a long ways to go.  But no singer is vocally perfect.

It’s her authenticity:  Adele is just her vulnerable self on stage, she refuses cosmetic contracts and sticks with music, songwriting and performing as her purpose.  She is very humble in her interviews and that makes her even more likeable.

While in this trance-like state, let’s not forget the plethora of female and male vocalists who are underexposed that can outsing Adele any day.  But if it’s Adele that can inspire listeners to a return to vocal music – and interrupt family arguments, then so be it.

Alida is a singer, songwriter and musician based in Vancouver, Canada.  A graduate of UBC Music, Alida is also a certified IVA singing teacher.

6 Hints to Learning Your Next Musical Theatre Song

6 Hints to Learning Your Next Musical Number:

For singing actors it can sometimes be overwhelming to meet the demands of learning new repetoire for upcoming auditions or performances.  Sometimes it can take several days before a song is ready to be performed in one of those settings.  Here are some hepful hints that you can follow towards tackling that unfamiliar number:

Take out the acting temporarily: Very often singing actors want to jump into acting the song without having learned the song entirely yet.  ‘Shelf’ the acting for now and you can bring it back in, once you become more familiar with the melodic phrasing.  Sometimes the acting can distract us and prevent us from learning the correct melody versus how we think the song goes.

Work with the sheet music.  Unlike pop recordings, most of the time you have to stay true to what the composer wrote.  Working with the score will make sure you have the correct rests, note values, tempo, and suggested dynamics.  Sites like are great because you can find the original key and also change keys if necessaray.

Listen, then sing: Sight read while following along with original cast recordings.  Let your ear become familiar with the phrasing.  If the phrasing is quite fast and you aren’t sure about the melody, sight read the melody at the piano, or have a teacher play the melody on the piano at a slower tempo.  Like a pianist would, work the piece in sections, rather than trying to sing the song in its entirety from beginning to end.  Understand the song structure and take the verses and just work them.  Then move on to the chours.  If you come a accross a challenging phrase, break it down and practice that melodic line about 4-5 times and then move on to the next one.

Modify vowels when necessary:  In musical theatre (depending on what style of musical theatre it is) very often the lyrics are pronounced more articulately than other styles of music.  Work with your singing teacher to ensure you are pronouncing the lyrics correctly.  Sometimes you may have to modify the vowels especially when transitioning through vocal bridges.  For example, from the musical A Chorus Line:  “What I did for LAH-ve”, try modifying to “wh-uh-t uh-eye did for L-UH-VE” and see if you are able to remained vocally balanced on that sustained high note.  

Know where you need to breathe:  Breathing is not always before the next phrase,  sometimes breathing is carried over to the next for dramatic effect and the breathing may be delayed.  Mark out where you want or need to breathe.  Once again, listen to original cast recordings for reference, or conuslt wth your voice teacher.

Bring back the acting:  Most importantly, once you know the song well enough and have learned it ‘off book’, it’s time to bring back the acting.  This doesn’t mean staring straight ahead and pretending to feel something.  In her book “What Do I Do With My Hands, A Guide to Acting for the Singer” Rhonda Carlson suggests:  “The first thing you should ask yourself when you are performing a song is “To WHOM am I singing?….Next…WHY you are singing the song.  If your WHOM is going to be specific and real, he or she must be more than a stationary spot on the wall.  Instead, your WHOM must be living, breathing and responding in your mind’s eye.”  In other words, it has to be authentic.  What experience in your life can you recall in order to better relate to this song?  Working with an acting coach in the musical theatre field can be helpful in taking the characterization to the next level.

As challenging as it may be, the process of getting to know new repetoire can be very rewarding!  Don’t forget to applaud yourself when you’ve done all of your prep work.

Alida is a singing teacher in Vancouver and the owner of Alida Vocal Studio, which provides singing lessons to singers and actors.

Lessons from a Rock Star

Recently I attended an international voice teacher’s conference with the Institute for Vocal Advancement (IVA).  I learned so much and I look forward to sharing a lot of what I learned in your upcoming lessons.  One of the highlights was watching Dan Reynolds the lead singer of Imagine Dragons being interviewed.  His voice teacher Jeffrey Skouson asked him many questions related to his career but also his journey as a vocalist.  Here are 3 important ‘lessons’ that we can all use no matter where we our in our vocal journey:

Make vocal health a priority:  Dan stressed how much rest and eating habits can effect his voice and how he makes this a top priority to ensure his instrument (which is what people are coming to watch) is healthy.  He spoke about how he follows an anti inflammatory diet and ensures that he gets 8 hours of sleep every night.  Also, he doesn’t eat 4 hours before bed.  In a job where artists are needed not only on stage but in interviews, business meetings, ‘meet and greets’ the voice can get fatigued a lot faster than the average person.  Many artists have ended up in vocal trouble having to cancel concert tour dates (very recently Sam Smith) due to vocal health decline.

Vocalize daily:  Dan spoke about how he practices his last recorded singing lesson on a daily basis to ensure his voice stays in shape.  On stage he may work hard vocally and take some chances vocally,  but he can always come back to his technique in his lesson the next day to bring his voice back to balance.  “I listen to the 20 minute exercises from my last lesson and I notice that if I don’t do even one day, the next day my voice is not as controlled, I can’t hit the high notes the right way…it doesn’t matter if I have sang properly for a year, if I don’t continually do it, I lose it”

Stay grounded:  Dan said that when an artist becomes successful everyone asks about yourself and you can become as he put, a “sad individual”.  He spoke about how he doesn’t mind stopping to take pictures with fans and that fame doesn’t bother him because he has been able to stay grounded through this major change in his life.  He talked about how mowing his lawn is so important to him because it represents that he won’t ever have too big of an ego to want someone else to do it.  Not only is he a successful rockstar with millions of records sold, what’s so great is he has remained a great vocalist and a humble human being.

Alida is a singing teacher and the owner of Alida Vocal Studio, which provides singing lessons to vocalists of all ages and genres, based in Vancouver, BC Canada.